Fairy Pocket Bag made in the hoop machine embroidery

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This is a design for an amazing bag with pockets on the front where three little fairies live. The fairies are all made in the hoop.

There are three different size designs included for the bag and also for the fairies – 5×7, 6×10 and 8×12.

All the panels of the bag are made in the hoop and then the borders and lining are added with your sewing machine.

Full photo instructions are included for the bag and the embroidery.

Finished sizes:

5×7 = 39cm wide x  23cm high (16″ x 9″)

6×10 = 48cm wide x 31cm high (19″x 12″)

8×12 – 57cm wide x 35cm high (23″x 14″)

Your bag will be admired by everyone!! 


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Fairy pocket bag 5×7 6×10 and 8×12 in the hoop machine embroidery design




Boxing Day in Australia

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what on earth is boxing day?

Typically in Australia Boxing day is the recovery day after Christmas, the day that Aussies pull out their lilos/ banana lounges and lay back and watch the Cricket Test Match on the television.

Christmas in Australia is in our Summer and the day itself is usually hot.

Christmas is a bit of a contradiction for us Aussies as we see Christmas around us in the World depicted as snow and cosy cold weather. Even our Christmas greeting cards have pictures of snow flakes and Winter scenes on them.


Most Aussies never will  see snow in their lifetime so it is quite strange. Even Christmas trees have tinsel wrapped around them, I presume this is to represent snow. We have a saying here in Australia ” you wouldn’t have a snowflakes chance in hell”.. well that saying could be applied in our Great Southern HOT Land. A snowflake on our Christmas tree would last a micro second.

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It is true the we in Australia are still influenced today by our Colonial beginnings and our Motherland. We still have most of our traditions from England even down to our HOT Christmas Roast dinner which really does not make any sense in our hot climate.

Still, we persist with sweat rolling down our faces as we bake our Christmas hams in hot kitchens with all the plastic utensils melting around us.

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So with every fan and air conditioner turned on we soldier on in our quest for a Traditional Christmas. By the time for our Christmas dinner we are usually so hot that we have lost our appetite  BUT we eat, and eat , and eat

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This is where Boxing Day is important

it is the day where Mothers ( after cleaning up from the day before ) can finally put their feet up and eat a slice of Christmas cake in peace. The males typically will retire to a room with a television and congratulate themselves on yet another well executed Christmas day.

The children will play with any of their Christmas presents that haven’t been broken from the ruckus of the previous day and any pets will come out of their hiding places glad to see ‘normality’ has returned to their world.

History of Boxing Day

 Boxing day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day

It originated in the United Kingdom, and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously belonged to the British Empire, including New Zealand and Canada.\ Boxing Day is on 26 December. It is a public holiday.

MODERN DAY -In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa Test Cricket matches are played on Boxing Day.

In Australia, the first day of the Boxing Day Cricket test match is in Melbourne. It is also the start of the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

DAYS GONE PAST -In Britain, it was a customary for tradesmen to collect their Christmas present  which was  a  “Christmas box” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for their good service to their employer.

An even older British tradition was that the wealthy would expect their wait staff to be working on Christmas day and then they  would be ‘rewarded’  with a box full of leftovers, gifts and Christmas bonuses.


Summer Santa Table Runner


Merry Christmas everyone and here’s looking to a bright and happy 2017






12 days of Christmas  discount codes –NOW FINISHED 

on the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me

12 Drummers Drumming

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords a-Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids a-Milking

7 Swans a-swimming

6 Geese a-Laying

Five Gold Rings

Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

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Nutcracker table runner

This is a beautiful wall hanging or table runner with a Nutcracker applique that is sewn in the 5×7, 6×10 or 7×12 hoop.  All sizes are included in your purchase

The table runner requires 4 hoopings as there are four different blocks included  The panels are then joined together and the backing and binding are added using a sewing machine.

The finished runners dimensions are:

5×7 – 52cm x 17cm (21″ x 7″)

6×10 – 64cm x 26cm (25.5″ x 10″)

7×12 – 72cm x 30cm (29″ x 12″)

Full photo instructions and directions are included with your purchase.

It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be the highest quality in the market.

Designs come in all formats except art. Bernina’s can use exp. For eg pes, hus, sew, xxx, jef, vp3, vip, mit, dat, dst, exp etc




This code is only available for 24 hours and it is only for the above design



The Twelve Days of Christmas–NOW FINISHED 


It has become commonplace in today’s modern world for people to believe the 12 days of Christmas are the days leading to December 25th. Today people fill their homes with decorations and family and friends listen to Christmas carols. Everyone celebrates all through December up until the 25th.

Historically the  12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January – also known as Twelfth Night.
The 12 Days of Christmas have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration  of Christ’s birth with all of the saints of faith.

Today  we all know the 12 days of Christmas from the beloved Christmas carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the Twelfth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

12 Drummers Drumming

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords a Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids a Milking

7 Swans a Swimming

6 Geese a Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


Sweet Pea 12 days of Christmas

We have tried to match each of the 12 days of the carol to one of our Sweet Pea designs         ( not that easy ) and we will discount that particular design for 24 hours only.

Please watch our YouTube video to see what each day’s discounted design will be( click image below)

Then visit this blog page every day from December 25th for the day’s discount code.


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December sew-a-long, the winners

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The sew-a-long design

the Flower Sewing Kit

Once again we have had a ton of fun in the December sew-a-long. Many of us have been super busy stitching out Christmas projects for our homes and gifts so I think it came as a bit of a welcome relief to make some non Christmassy for a change. The Flower sewing Kit design has proved to be a big hit with you all and we have loved looking at your photos.

We believe these sew-a-longs are a great way for a beginner to start their ‘in the hoop’ journey. We aim to make them fun and achievable for everyone at all different levels of experience.



The prizes

1st Prizes  x 3 …..  1 FREE Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 50% off your next Sweet Pea order

2nd Prizes x 3 ….. 1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 30% off your next Sweet Pea Order

3rd Prizes x 3 …..  1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 10 % off your next Sweet Pea Order


The winners


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The Flower Sewing Kit design http://swpea.com/products/flower-sewing-kit-in-the-5×7-hoop-machine-embroidery-design

Beautiful heirloom sewing kit with a beautiful flower embroidery on it.  This is a machine embroidery design to sew in the 5x7vhoop.

Very quick and easy to make.  Requires six hoopings  and is perfect for craft markets, gifts etc.  Full photo instructions are provided. The panels are joined together with your sewing machine and there is about 8cm of hand sewing or gluing required.

It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be the highest quality in the market

The design comes in all formats except ART.  Bernina’s can use EXP. Formats pes, hus, sew, xxx, jef, vp3, vip, mit, dat, exp, dst etc.

Comes with English and German instructions


Learn how to do ‘in the hoop’ FREE puppy zipper purse

Learn how to do in the hoop free puppy purse comes in three hoop sizes 4×4, 5×5 and 6×6.

This design comes with very detailed instructions and will teach you how to do in the hoop.

Full photo instructions and directions are included with your purchase.

It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be the highest quality.

Designs come in all formats except ART.  For eg pes, hus, sew, xxx, jef, vp3, vip, mit, dat, dst etc

Instructions are included in English and German.


How to download our digital files and instructions

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Instructional videos


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How to convert Australian currency listed on our website to your own currency

Sweet Pea is an Australian Business and whilst our website shows our designs in Australian dollars you can easily change the prices shown to your own currency using our ‘currency selector’ at the top of our website.

Whilst your ‘cart’ will display your purchase in the currency you chose, you will check out using Australian dollars ( AUD) at the most current exchange rate.

Your purchase will come out of your actual bank account in your own currency.

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2016 Christmas Competition 

So many wonderful entries 

We have had a very tough time picking a winner from all the wonderful entries . Each and every one of them look festive and unique.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our competition, your work is amazing and we have had a difficult time in choosing a winner.

Our Winner of our first ever Christmas Competition is    Sandy Kiester‎.

Sandy’s winning entry was made with a combination of blocks from two of our designs. The diagonal block from the Diagonal tote bag and the Dear Allison Block #10.

Sandy made this as a gift and wasn’t sure if it would be used as a table Runner or Wall Hanging, so she just added 2 buttons at the top & ribbon for her friend to choose the option.

Sandy also had a few more entries in this competition and whilst it was the above entry that caught our eye, her other entries were wonderful as well.
What we loved about Sandy’s entry is that Sandy’s largest hoop is the 4×4 and she still has managed to achieve such wonderful results with imagination, creativity and talent.

Congratulations Sandy, we are sure the recipients of your wonderful gifts will treasure them.

The following video has just a handful of the fantastic work entered into the competition.


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 Christmas is a perfect time to ‘deck the halls’ of our homes with festive decorations .

Often these decorations become heirlooms, being brought out year after year with wonderful memories attached to them. Sometimes these decorations commemorate a child’s first Christmas or even to celebrate adult children coming home to visit. Whatever the reason these decorations become part of our family’s history.  Being able to make your own unique decorations attach even more importance to them.

For more quick and easy Christmas designs          http://swpea.com/